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Jacqueline Vayntrub

Jacqueline Vayntrub

Jacqueline Vayntrub studies ancient Near Eastern literary culture and its reception in modernity. She is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and is working on her first book, The Limits of Biblical Poetry. She has a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and has taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Maryland, College Park. She tweets about love, words, and dead languages with absolutely no regularity @eshetbaalathaov.

Judah and Tamar, Horace Vernet [Public domain or Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Sexy Sunday School: Naughty Bible Translation

In Genesis 38, Tamar, disguised as a prostitute, tricks her father-in-law into having sex with her. I don’t recall this making the Sunday school curriculum.